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May 6, 2019

by Sam Thomas-Redfern Film Kicking the Canon

Naked | Mike Leigh

In 1987, Margaret Thatcher made her infamous assertion that “there is no such thing as society” in order to espouse her doctrine of methodological individualism. Well, if the specter of Thatcher looms large over Naked, then it seems only natural that most of its characters should…

May 6, 2019
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by Paul Attard Film Horizon Line

Peterloo | Mike Leigh

Over his 30-plus year career, Mike Leigh has incisively observed human interactions and dissected the various factors (upbringing, education, religion, etc.) that define those relations. So it’s baffling to try and understand the justification behind Peterloo, a three-hour film of people giving long speeches, with…

May 6, 2019
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